Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/18/14

Orlando center Dwight Howard leaves the court after the Magic's 99-86 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, June 14, 2009. The Lakers won the Finals with the victory. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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Feuds are good for the NBA. Well, usually. But its painful to hear retired players insulting, or downright trashing, greats of today. Thats what is taking place with the Lakers, as Shaquille ONeal spoke his mind about Dwight Howard again -- and Howard again defended himself. Of course, this is all being blown out of proportion a little, as all ONeal really said was he feels Andrew Bynum and Brook Lopez are more traditional centers than Howard. Note that ONeal didnt say better. He just said more traditional. Either way, it wasn't meant as a compliment, resulting in a harsh retort from Howard. "I dont care what Shaq says, Howard told L.A. reporters Thursday. Shaq played the game; hes done. Hes done. Its time to move on. He hated the fact that when he played, the older guys were talking about him and how he played. And now hes doing the exact same thing. Just let it go. As everyone knows, ONeal manned the middle for the Lakers during their three straight championship runs a decade...
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  • ATTA BOY DWIGHT! YES GIVE HIM WHAT HE DESERVES. I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHY HIS ATTITUDE TO MR. DWIGHT HOWARD HAS BEEN LIKE THIS. MR. O'NEAL WE HAVE EYES TO SEE. I JUST DON'T KNOW HOW IN THE WORLD YOU GOT THE IDEA THAT BYNUM AND MR. LOPEZ ARE BETTER THAN DWIGHT HOWARD. OTHER THAN PROBABLY YOU ARE CLOSE FRIENDS WITH THESE PLAYERS. OR MAYBE YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR EYES CHECKED UP AND I CAN RECOMMEND A VERY GOOD OPTHALMOLOGIST FOR YOU.TO SAY THIS THRASH TALK TO HOWARD IS JUST IS JUST A SHAME YOU BEING A LAKER LEGEND YOURSELF. . THAT GOES TO SHOW HOW DISLOYAL YOU ARE TO THE VERY INSTITUTION THAT BROUGHT YOU FAME AND GLORY. OTHER LAKER LEGENDS WHO ARE ON THE RAFTERS(ALSO EXCEPT FOR JAMES WORTHY) HAVE BEEN QUIET,PROFESIONAL IN THEIR BEHAVIOR,WELCOMING LAKERS NEW FUTURE ICON.I KNOW YOU HAVE WON MANY BATTLES FOR THE LAKERS,BUT BY TRASHING OUR NEW ICON YOU HAVE SHOWN DISRESPECT FOR THE VERY IDEAL THAT THE LAKERS STANDS FOR.I WOULD HAVE APPRECIATED IF YOU JUST MAINTAINED YOUR PROFESSIONAL SILENCE KEEP IT TO YOURSELF MUCH LIKE THE OTHER LEGENDS LIKE MAGIC JOHNSON,KHAREEM,BYRON SCOTT,EVEN PAT RILEY,PHIL JACKSON TO NAME A FEW LAKER LEGENDS WHICH BY THE WAY ARE MORE POPULAR THAN YOU ARE.BY THE WAY YOU ARE NOT REALLY A LOYAL LAKER, BECAUSE YOU HAD TO GO TO OTHER TEAMS AND RETIRE AS A CELTIC WHICH WE HATE. SO I DON'T EVEN SEE THE REASON WHY YOUR SHIRT HAVE TO BE PLACED UP THERE WITH THOSE HONORABLE LOYAL LAKERS ON THE WALL.I KNOW ABOUT THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU ARE ENTITLED TO YOUR OWN OPINION BUT THERE'S STILL WHAT WE CALL PROFESSIONAL COURTESY TO A FELLOW LAKER. WE ARE TRYING TO BUILD OUR TEAM TO COMPETE FOR THIS COMING SEASON AND WE FANS WOULD APPRECIATE IF WE COULD HEAR GOOD NICE POSITIVE COMMENTS FROM FORMER LAKER PLAYERS MORE SO IN YOUR LEVEL. I'M SORRY BUT COUNT ME OUT AS AN O'NEAL FAN AND A WORTHY FAN FROM THIS DAY ON BECAUSE I THINK THESE ATTITUDES ARE NOT WORTHY MUCH LESS PLEASANT TO HEAR.I'M GLAD THEY GOT RID OF YOU AND CHOSE KOBE INSTEAD TO REPRESENT THE FRANCHISE.
  • ATTA BOY DWIGHT! YES GIVE HIM WHAT HE DESERVES. I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHY HIS ATTITUDE TO MR. DWIGHT HOWARD HAS BEEN LIKE THIS. MR. O'NEAL WE HAVE EYES TO SEE. I JUST DON'T KNOW HOW IN THE WORLD YOU GOT THE IDEA THAT BYNUM AND MR. LOPEZ ARE BETTER THAN DWIGHT HOWARD. OTHER THAN PROBABLY YOU ARE CLOSE FRIENDS WITH THESE PLAYERS. OR MAYBE YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR EYES CHECKED UP AND I CAN RECOMMEND A VERY GOOD OPTHALMOLOGIST FOR YOU.TO SAY THIS THRASH TALK TO HOWARD IS JUST IS JUST A SHAME YOU BEING A LAKER LEGEND YOURSELF. . THAT GOES TO SHOW HOW DISLOYAL YOU ARE TO THE VERY INSTITUTION THAT BROUGHT YOU FAME AND GLORY. OTHER LAKER LEGENDS WHO ARE ON THE RAFTERS(ALSO EXCEPT FOR JAMES WORTHY) HAVE BEEN QUIET,PROFESIONAL IN THEIR BEHAVIOR,WELCOMING LAKERS NEW FUTURE ICON.I KNOW YOU HAVE WON MANY BATTLES FOR THE LAKERS,BUT BY TRASHING OUR NEW ICON YOU HAVE SHOWN DISRESPECT FOR THE VERY IDEAL THAT THE LAKERS STANDS FOR.I WOULD HAVE APPRECIATED IF YOU JUST MAINTAINED YOUR PROFESSIONAL SILENCE KEEP IT TO YOURSELF MUCH LIKE THE OTHER LEGENDS LIKE MAGIC JOHNSON,KHAREEM,BYRON SCOTT,EVEN PAT RILEY,PHIL JACKSON TO NAME A FEW LAKER LEGENDS WHICH BY THE WAY ARE MORE POPULAR THAN YOU ARE.BY THE WAY YOU ARE NOT REALLY A LOYAL LAKER, BECAUSE YOU HAD TO GO TO OTHER TEAMS AND RETIRE AS A CELTIC WHICH WE HATE. SO I DON'T EVEN SEE THE REASON WHY YOUR SHIRT HAVE TO BE PLACED UP THERE WITH THOSE HONORABLE LOYAL LAKERS ON THE WALL.I KNOW ABOUT THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN THIS COUNTRY, YOU ARE ENTITLED TO YOUR OWN OPINION BUT THERE'S STILL WHAT WE CALL PROFESSIONAL COURTESY TO A FELLOW LAKER. WE ARE TRYING TO BUILD OUR TEAM TO COMPETE FOR THIS COMING SEASON AND WE FANS WOULD APPRECIATE IF WE COULD HEAR GOOD NICE POSITIVE COMMENTS FROM FORMER LAKER PLAYERS MORE SO IN YOUR LEVEL. I'M SORRY BUT COUNT ME OUT AS AN O'NEAL FAN AND A WORTHY FAN FROM THIS DAY ON BECAUSE I THINK THESE ATTITUDES ARE NOT WORTHY MUCH LESS PLEASANT TO HEAR.I'M GLAD THEY GOT RID OF YOU AND CHOSE KOBE INSTEAD TO REPRESENT THE FRANCHISE.
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